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Poster: He Live's Date: Nov 28, 2008 9:35pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: THE WORD IS?

LOOK ... here is the word: this is the word that is always missing when you talk about jerry garcia post say 76/77 or so... it was there from the beginning of course to a degree... but it is, well... look, This is not The Word, but ONE word might be, Tempo -- he was keyed in on tempo at a very high level of sophistication, and what i mean when i say that is, a level of sophistication like what picasso or gauguin had attained, as well as ellington and coltrane. it IS rock n roll, but we take the level of expertise for granted........ they make it seem like a bit of an accident, but all along they are trying their asses off not to be accidental...

with the attention to tempo and equally melody by Jerry Garcia from 76 on, the Gospel element comes more clearly into play. this direction and emphasis by jerry, on the slow tempo and attention to melody would influence the dead, but more be relegated to Jerry Band Land -- he would pursue the slow tempos and gospel inclination very deliberately with the JGB.

this is a complicated assertion and not fully formed on my part. but more simply, my idea is that jerry directed the band heavily through 75-77, creating the TEMPO/MELODY FRAMEWORK that would guide the group back into having TWO DRUMMERS and a richer more electronic sound. it was a reformulation of the music due to personnel changes and changing attitudes about presentation. it was part of the realization of the MASS COMMUNICATION that they were undertaking. the band KNEW what they were doing at every turn. the emotions that they were going to tap into. it was a dance with the audience every night. it was a sculpting of an experience very carefully, layer by layer, emotion by emotion....

sometimes they WERE killing time... other times they were wrought with emotions themselves, flying by the seat of their pants, having a wild shitload of fun.....

like tell me you didn't listen to the TLEO and stick around for On The Road Again? if you don't like this song... you better just go away -- because this is THE BEST OF THE DEAD.... you want to know what was up with these guys listen to this track a few times and tell me you are not laughing like a fucking hyena it is so much fun.... THE PERFECT PERFECTLY FUCKED UP BROTHERS BAND!

the reworked TLEO highlights what i call the GOSPEL element, and THAT IS THE WORD -- from morning dew, and death don't jerry always had the inclination to inflect this sort of spiritualness into his music....

This post was modified by He Live's on 2008-11-29 05:35:21

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